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Seven Saturday Links
More Rim (Yosemite) Fire Pictures by Katie at Fire Wife Katie. If you haven’t been following the Rim Fire, a) you should be, and b) you need to view Katie’s husbands pictures. I am praying for the firefighters and all people involved in trying to beat back this monster.
Professor C Bodin Matters to Boys Too by His Feminist Mama. Our female LEGO characters are things like cheerleaders and mermaids. My boys need and deserve strong female characters, even when they’re “just” playing with bricks. Their inclusion does benefit girls, but it also benefits our boys.
When I Ask for Help by Beth Morey. Please go leave a comment of support for Beth, and if you are the praying type, please commit to praying for her as she fights a tough battle with depression right now.
The more I blog, the more I keep to myself.
Why Are the Majority of Children’s Books Still About White Boys? by Soraya Chemaly at Role Reboot. As the mom of two white boys who are thriving and happy readers, this is a question I find myself faced with as they move from picture/story books to chapter books and series. I found it much easier to provide them with diversity in character, gender, race, and family makeup in the earlier days. I’m struggling now, though the boys don’t (always) balk at series with girls. I’m working on that as we continue forward.
Hating on the Poor Is SO Funny! (Let’s Make an Ecard!) by The Family Pants. When I watch people on Facebook — people I love and care about and even respect — share “funny” eCards about working hard to pay for lazy people’s iPhones, I think back to when I was on assistance and Level III bed rest. It stings. I will never lose that sting, and maybe that’s okay because I want to raise children who understand and respect the complex issues surrounding poverty and human beings.
Stop Giving It All or Nothing by Kristen at Dine & Dish. Alternate title: How Training for a Half Marathon Made Me Hate Running. Right? I think we all hit that point once (or twice… or more) during any given training season. I’ve hit mine and moved past it (I hope) with the Columbus Half, but I totally get it. I’m already looking forward to the end of November and all of December when running can just be for running’s sake again. You know, before the next training season begins.
What was the best thing you read this week?
10 Bloggers Respond to Mrs. Hall’s Letter: Thoughts on Slut-Shaming, Respect, and Selfies. We not only saw a viral post in Mrs. Hall’s letter to teen girls this week, but a viral response. I tried not to include letters that were nasty to the original blogger as that’s not how I roll, but also tried to find a mix of responses in addition to sharing my own thoughts as a mom of two boys. Honestly? It was one of the harder pieces I’ve written in awhile as my gut-reaction was to dig on the original writer and reading umpteen billion responses left me feeling a bit overwhelmed. Goodness. That said, my roundup was linked to by Boston.com. Awesome.
What was the best thing you wrote this week?
I hope you’re having a great weekend. Soccer season starts into full swing with our first games tomorrow! Hooray!